Everyone wins when you access Short Term Accommodation and Assistance, otherwise known as respite. Read about Alex's experience and how everyone in his family benefits.
Respite care changed everything for Alex and his family.
Alex has always dreamed of becoming a palaeontologist. However, until recently, he didn’t believe something that wonderful could really happen to him.
Alex has both Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Noises, lights and movement of everyday life can overwhelm him. Even a quick trip to the supermarket used to leave him trembling and making friends felt like climbing a mountain.
“Finding out Alex has Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was heartbreaking at first, but then it was such a relief to find out what was causing his behaviour and to figure out ways to help him,” said Amanda, Alex’s mum.
Alex and his family started working with House with No Steps’ (now Aruma) early childhood specialists in Forbes in 2007.
It was at this time that Short Term Accommodation and Assistance (respite) was suggested to give the family extra support.
“We initially hesitated – it was hard to spend so much time doing everything yourself and then hand it over to somebody else.
“Respite care has been a life-changing thing for all of us. With the support of staff, Alex has challenged himself. He’s made new friends and enjoys taking part in group activities – all within a safe and happy environment.
“With respite, my husband, Sean, and I get time to be Sean and Amanda, not just mum and dad. We can recharge,” said Amanda.